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, political posturing, and the failure of congress to come together to solve problems on a bipartisan basis. we need to move forward. in the early mornings, the senate achieved that. should have been long ago, i understand ag, but we achieve this. i hope we can now approach this in a sober, honest, mature way. i took a look of the specific impact of this morning's vote on my state. 5 million families will be scared a tax increase, almost all of them the working families are described earlier. without an agreement, the average family would have faced an increase in taxes of more than $2,000. half a million families in my state will continue to receive college tuition tax credits, as much as $1,000 of assistance each year, which i am sure is a helping hand. families raising children will continue to benefit from the child tax credit, a yearly savings of about $1,000 on average. nearly a quarter of a million families benefited from the early in pumps -- from the earned income tax credit last year. thousands of illinois children will continue to have access to school readiness programs like hea
, pass it. nothing like bringing in the new year with a good old fiscal cliff get it together congress. henry is on our independent line, henry, good afternoon, this is c-span and you're on. caller: good afternoon. i'm an independent and i wanted to comment that i guess the democrats have to be cause shouse that the republicans don't wake up and take the position they have in a catch 22 position. they can give him everything he asked for and if he's successful in his programs and his plans, we are the republican party and the house gave you ever dollar you asked for, everything worked out fine and turn around to the american public and say it was us, the republicans that did this. if it doesn't work out they can turn around and say, well, we gave you everything you asked for and it didn't work. it time for us to take over. just a word of caution to the democrats. >> connie in south carolina. good afternoon. caller: happy new year. i was calling about that speech actually. the house did pass a bill in august and it seems like the house democrats are talking like, you know, no bill was p
distinguished master counter. >> thank you very much, madam leader. 112th congress has about 46 hours left to go. this congress unfortunately has been most known for a unwillingness to compromise, an unwillingness to come together to act on behalf of the american people. today is january 1st. taxes will be going up on everybody in america. in america if we don't act. those relying on unemployment insurance, millions relying on unemployment insurance to make sure they can support themselves and their families. if we don't act, we will be at risk. vice president biden has worked very hard to come to a compromise. by definition a compromise has elements in it that each party does not like, but by definition it has things in it each party should like of the the speaker said that if the senate passed a bill he would put it on the floor for a vote. the leader has pointed out we expect that to happen. we think that's in the best interest of the american people. we hope that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle can reach compromise. our members are reviewing the specifics of the compromise tha
of -- and house republicans have to band together because house democrats are not going to support those spending cuts and it is true. congress had a long time to deal with this, even since the election they had two months, waited until the last second. boehner couldn't pass the so-called plan b bill. he lost a lot of leverage on this. this is very tricky for john boehner and his lieutenant. they have a relatively narrow house majority, polls show that the fiscal cliff blame would be mostly on them, not the president. not on democrats. that might change. but this is a very risky move if we go well into january with this unresolved. >> and you got to wonder if the house republicans are kicking themselves for not passing the plan b, which allowed for tax rates on people making a million or more since the figure that passed was significantly less at 400,000. bob cusack, thank you. we appreciate you being with us. >> thanks, deb. >>> well, developing this hour in alaska, on a shallow and rocky shore line near the uninhabited kodiak island, a huge oil rig has run aground. it has run aground. the coast
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